Marilyn Manson decided to release The Pale Emperor, his ninth studio album, on a PlayStation polycarbonate disc for the added style points. The discs actually came from the same manufacturing facility that once pumped out countless PlayStation discs years ago - done for the artistic value.
"When you open the CD it's pitch black, but we also added a thermal texture on top - after it gets hot during playback, the disc comes out all white," said Hassan Rahim, art director for the album, in a statement published by Kill Screen. "The contrasting textures definitely speak for themselves when you hold the piece."
Manson and the art directors were seeking to showcase the "dark and light" theme, as Manson said he "sold [his] soul to be a rock star." The disc encompasses the transition that the artist, most famous in the 1990s, has undergone in recent years.